The team is about to grow........ more soon :)
We have added a holiday quiz for kids ( and adults) to test your sleuthing skills.
Stress Busting Party Tips
We all know children’s birthday parties can be stressful to organise when we are trying to juggle busy lives.
Over the years I have picked up some good tips on how to organise a party with minimal stress… I love running Detective parties for children (but admit I still get stressed running parties for my own children - it’s the emotional involvement)!
Don’t leave anything until the last minute - if you are booking entertainment do it at least 6 - 12 weeks before the big day to avoid disappointment
Think about the venue - hire a venue or a hall so your own house remains clean, however hiring a hall can be expensive so if you have space at home - go for it, children love being there.
For children under 10 - two hours is ample time for a birthday party.
Having food towards the end means the sugar high will coincide with home time, always a good call.
Fifteen kids appears to be the optimum number so that the birthday child doesn’t get ‘lost’ in the throng.
Who to invite?
You do not have to invite the entire class even if other parents have set a precedent of inviting everyone - it’s your child’s party, you get to chose.
Not all parents RSVP to invitations so chase up non responses and always have a couple of extra party bags ready for that unexpected child who floats in.
Printed paper invitations given to the parent with an RSVP slip are a fun way to invite guests. Invitations through verbal communication or social media don’t get taken as seriously and therefore the RSVP rate is low leading to a skewed expectation of guests.
50% of the parties I run have no shows from invitee’s. Don’t be that parent - ALWAYS respond when you receive the invite.
If invitations are handed out to the children via school, they may get no further than the book bag!
Party food can be kept simple and fun. Kids love having pizza delivered and a big shop bought chocolate cake. Don’t feel you have to spend hours peeling grapes for it all to get wolfed down in a matter of minutes!
In my non-scientific survey, 90% of parties involve pizza
It’s not your job to get 5-a-day into the kids on the party day, don’t worry about it.
The most important bit is everyone singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and the blowing out of candles. Everything else is - well, icing.
Party bags - love them or loathe them, they are here to stay.
Children love to receive a party bag at the end and will often come to expect it so make sure you’re prepared. We include them in our party cost so it’s a no brainer for parents (and you don’t end up buying toys from the pound shop)
A bar of chocolate would suffice - they’ll have something in their hands as they leave.
After the party……
Bask in the glory of a brilliant party - it’s the highlight you child’s year
Crack open the wine, and relax!!
But, don’t forget to send thank you’s - it’s still expected.
Avoiding a Counterfeit Christmas
With Black Friday behind us and Cyber Monday deals upon us internet shopping for that perfect Christmas present has never been more enticing. However, as more and more of us shop online, the rise of counterfeit products and increased dramatically.
As of December 2015, over £360m was spent on counterfeit goods in the UK, according to online brand protection site NetNames.
So how can we make sure we are buying genuine, safe products?
Below are our top 5 tips for avoiding counterfeit goods:
Price is a good indication of whether the product is genuine. It’s worth doing a price comparison across different retailers.
Lots of products come with a serial that can be checked to determine if that are real.
Packaging can be easily replicated, however, it is worth looking out for any discrepancies in brand logos, text or images.
Going to the official brand’s website is often the safest way to avoid fake products.
If in doubt go to a trusted high street retailer or if online, via a portal like Ebay or Amazon who have guarantees to protect you.
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It has been a busy year so far and we are heading into the summer holidays. There are many holiday clubs booked in and always a flurry of children's parties before the end of term.
In contrast, many companies have staff away days and team building activities at this time of year so we have enjoyed running those too.
There's never a dull moment at The Detective Project - just how we like it :)
January 2016After a well earned breather over Christmas, we have all hit the ground running in 2016. Bookings and enquiries are flowing in and the word is spreading about The Detective Project.
- Louise & Llorien were filmed by the BBC recently and will be featuring on Inside Out London soon
- Jenny is planning the first of a series of Discovery Days for people interested in finding out more about the franchise opportunity.
- Tim is touring Wessex spreading the word about his new workshops.
- All the presenters are joining forces to run workshops at The Big Bang Science Fair at the NEC on 14-18th March. This is part of the national Science Week in Schools - come and say Hello if you're coming.
Jenny is celebrating 5 years in business! Time flies when you are having fun....
This time 5 years ago she had a cunning idea for a business so designed a website (easier said than done) and gave out a few flyers. The bookings rolled in and the company has been on a steep growth/ learning curve ever since.
Lessons learned = many!
Would you do it all again, knowing what I know now? - in a heartbeat, I love being the master of my own destiny.
If you are mulling over whether to stay employed or venture out on your own, JUST DO IT. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"
If you think you have the skills to join our growing band of talented presenters & franchisees, get in contact.
We have all had a busy summer running events around the country.
I'm delighted to introduce our newest franchisee, Tim Marshall. An experienced science teacher, Tim will be covering the Wessex area from his home near Yeovil. More information about Tim will appear on his 'About me' page shortly.
I'm very proud to announce that we are now members of the British Franchise Association. www.bfa.org.uk. This shows that we attain the highest standards of ethical franchising.
Potential franchisees can be assured that although relatively new to franchising, we have support from and the standards of the BFA.
The corporate bookings are going well, we have joined forces with a couple of hotels to run team building events for them which have been well received.
We have some good news coming soon about the company, more later...
We have been busy behind the scenes developing the corporate and team building events. A Youtube clip is available to give you a taster of an adults event along with a new flyer - we can send you a hard copy or email you a pdf.
The website has had a upgrade behind the scenes and we now have a mobile friendly site, so Google will like us too!
I'm excited to say we'll be expanding again soon .... watch this space!
January 2015 Happy New Year
Steve Sharkey's business is up and running and he's looking forward to some fun events in the next few weeks.
Meanwhile HQ have been meeting more really interesting potential franchisees. Watch this space!
Jenny also went to an event called Women Outside The Box in Bristol, its a celebration of entrepreneurship. As always, Sherlock Bones caught the attention of the media and I was interviewed by a journalist. Take a listen; http://freelancebristolmum.jellycast.com/files/audio/JennyWilliams.MP3
Yeh! We've awarded our first franchise. I'm delighted to announce that we'll soon have a branch in Surrey. Steve Sharkey is an ex Met. detective and experienced in running school workshops. What a week it's been!
and the awards are tomorrow ….
Thanks to Webglu & Louise Harrison Design for their hard work.
Welcome to the new website from The Detective Project. We will update the news regularly with our events and plans. You can also follow us on the social media pages by clicking on the tabs for Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Pinterest.
We'd value your feedback on the website too.
Here's some news from the archives of the past year;
~ Jenny presented an A' Level forensic science lecture, here's the writeup by one of the students.
~ Read about science week at Elmlea Junior School BS9 March 2012 -
~ Read about a party in the Weston Mercury Weston Mercury article